Porsche 911 RSR wins after a tactical masterstroke in California
The Porsche GT Team has scored its second straight win in the North American IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The race The identical sister car driven by their works driver colleagues Nick Tandy from Great Britain and Frédéric Makowiecki from France finished in third place in the hotly-contested GTLM category. During the morning qualifying session, the Porsche GT Team laid the foundation for two different strategies. Vanthoor planted the number 912 car on the second grid spot, while the number 911 entry turned only two laps in the qualifying session to run-in a set of tyres for the race – this, however, cost them a better starting position. The plan was that the vehicle driven by the Petit Le Mans winners Makowiecki and Tandy would make only two pit stops, with Bamber and Vanthoor’s 911 going all-out and coming in for a service stop three times.
Third place for the Porsche 911 RSR #911
The British racer lost the third place that the crew had held for long stretches, after coming in fourth, just 4.716 seconds off claiming a podium result. However, the post-race technical inspection saw the No. 4 Corvette moved to the back of the GTLM class, resulting in the No. 911 car taking up third. On the same day that the customer team Proton Competition won the title in the European Le Mans Series, Porsche also had the most powerful car in the IMSA race.
The 11th and final round of the 2020 IMSA season takes place on 14 November at the Sebring International Raceway. This will be the 68th edition of the 12-hour classic in Florida and, at the same time, marks the final factory outing of the two Porsche 911 RSR in the GTLM class of the North American sports car series.
Comments on the race
Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “That was a real team effort – everyone played their part perfectly – particularly our pit crew. Since we had to make three pit stops, the refuelling times were shorter than in a normal race. That meant that our lads had to complete the wheel changes flawlessly in record time. It worked very well, as you saw at the first pit stop when I was able to take the lead. This is the first win of the season for us in the 912 car. It’s the second in a row for Porsche. We’re finally achieving the results we deserve with the new 911 RSR.”
Result GTLM class 1. Vanthoor/Bamber (B/NZ), Porsche 911 RSR #912, 113 laps 2. Garcia/Taylor (E/USA), Chevrolet Corvette C8.R #3, 113 laps 5. Spengler/De Phillippi (CDN/USA), BMW M8 GTE #25, 112 laps Result GTD class 6. Long/Hardwick (USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 R #16, 108 laps
Full results and championship standings at imsa.alkamelsystems.com.
The North American factory squad is eager to win the 2:40-hour race on the tradition-steeped Laguna Seca Raceway with the Porsche 911 RSR for the first time. The famous venue close to the Pacific Ocean is the only North American road racing track on which Porsche has not scored a victory since 2014. The Porsche GT Team fields two 911 RSR in the hotly contested GTLM category.
For years, we have had some unfinished business at the Laguna Seca racetrack which we’d now like to settle. Our latest-generation Porsche 911 RSR should suit the special characteristics of this circuit better than its predecessors. After our victory at Road Atlanta, we’re heading to the race weekend in California with high expectations and huge motivation, says Pascal Zurlinden, Director Factory Motorsport.
Nov 04, 2020 at 17:24